House of Hawthorne

Books Every Child Should Read

Posted on: March 23, 2011

Here is this list from the UK’s Independent of 50 books kids should read. As someone who gets asked what their child should read a lot, I thought I would offer some suggestions, because this list seemed a bit… English. (Animal Farm? Give 7th graders a break.)

(Disclaimer: I only picked books I have actually read. How novel! Also, this will be Newbery heavy. My erstwhile Newbery blog)

These are really worth a read for adults, too, by the way.

The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin (who I read somewhere did the illustration for the original cover for …)
A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L’Engle (and hopefully the whole series)
The Wednesday Wars, Gary Schmidt
The Ranger’s Apprentice series, John Flanagan
Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer (on the very English list too)
The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart (loved this book, didn’t get into the second one)
A View From Saturday and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg (both Newbery, both amazing)
Savvy, Ingrid Law
One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams-Garcia
Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling (this is generally one of those I just double-check to make sure everybody’s read anyway)
The Clockwork Three, by Matthew Kirby

Oops, I always do this, start a list and then have to bounce. Let me know when you/your child have read all those, and I’ll hit you off with some more.

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